Rafa Benitez Confident Of New Signing Before Wednesday


Rafa Benitez is keenly aware that Newcastle need more cover at center-back, with both Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor having left the club this summer and we also lost Mike Williamson back in January.

Newcastle have been trying to sign Grant Hanley from Blackburn for far too long, but Rafa Benitez has said today he thinks the club  will have somebody in soon.

rafa benitez closeup in cap

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Rafa was asked whether he thought there would be somebody brought in before Wednesday’s game at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster – and this is what Benitez said:

“I hope so.” “We are working hard. Lee Charnley knows that we need bodies to have all the positions covered.”

“We are short of center-backs. We have to manage the minutes and positions.”

“It’s clear that we need bodies in some positions, and I think we will have someone soon.”

Blackburn’s Indian owners Venky’s have been playing hard ball with Newcastle and the reports are that we have just put in our third bid of £5.5M, after earlier bids of £3.5M and £4.5M were turned down.

glen hanley

Grant Hanley – Scottish International center-back

But it seems that Newcastle are still hopeful of getting a deal closed since Grant Hanley is reported to be very keen to join the Rafa revolution – the Rafalution – going on at Newcastle United.

It would be great of we can sign grant Hanley before Wednesday.

Finally!

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59 comments so far

  • magscar

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost from 2 threads ago as Ed moves quick in mornings

    magscar // Jul 18, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Jail @7

    I imagine Rafa has a plan b if either or both of Sissoko or Gini are sold. I agree that whether or not he would like matters settled by beginning of season it could as in other years still drag on to end of August.

    Whilst there are well documented areas we need to (and will) cover I am not certain that if both those players were to be sold then both would be replaced with long term replacements soon as.

    Rafa may have ideas on possible replacements but persuading them to come will be even harder than getting those that they are to replace to stay. After all both Sissoko and Gini are on long term contracts and club can insist on them staying if they were so inclined.

    Rafa will have his valuations as to their worth to him and bids above that may be considered. If either go I am not necessarily expecting all proceeds to be reinvested if he can’t get who he would like immediately. Funds will be needed for January if there are problems with injuries , loss of form etc but also for next summer. We seem to have been fortunate this summer with the PL monies for 2015-16 and residue of monies already in bank but end of next season doesn’t bring an immediate replenishment even if we go straight back up.

    Ashley prefers cash up front deals rather than HP ones so Rafa will need a war chest to compete with even those sides finishing 15th to 16th in PL and winning Championship won’t provide anywhere near what we will have missed out on.

    Like other clubs he could borrow against 2017-18 placing money if we are promoted but I don’t think he would like to get on that train.

    As usual I am content to trust in Rafa to get most decisions right and am relaxed about the speculation . Hopefully my optimism is good for several seasons ?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    YCMIU
    Fair enough mate didn’t mean to put words in ur mouth. How do u know Sissoko is professional enough to play properly though? Lads played LB for us last season and Rafa made him captain…seems he disagrees with u mate

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Take the money for Gini. Sels was bought to be first choice. Lascelles is not like Des Walker.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Wwsbrd

    Ok no worries.

    Shop window syndrome. It was his last few chances to attract a suitor, as he wasn’t guaranteed playing time in France. This is just my opinion, but I strongly believe that, if he is not sold, he will mope or even refuse to play. I would like to be wrong, of course. I woulf prefer it if any player who starts the season in Black and White, will do thier best and earn thier pay.

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  • martoon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    WWSBRD @2 Sissoko only started playing well for the last few matches of the season. Whether this was the Rafa effect or that the French squad was going to be selected soon I’m not quite sure. However for most of the season he was pants which culminated in him being booed of when was subbed I think against Bournemouth!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    YCMIU
    I think they are both likely to do that tbh mate I reckon Gini is just as much of a get as Sissoko but gets an incredibly easy ride from fans

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  • martoon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Off topic I’d like to wish Demba Ba a speedy recovery – I don’t like to see any player with a leg break especially an ex-toon player.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    martoon
    And Gini played well in 3/4 games yet didn’t get booed…so?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Wwsbrd

    Fair enough. I suppose we will see what we shall see come the start of the season. It would be nice if one or both of them have an attack of “Jonas Gutirrez” and decide to help us back up!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Overrated
    That is the opinion of many Forest fans mate, Not mine.
    Everyone is entitled to there’s buddy !!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Gutierrez even

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Plenty of chat about gini and sissoko not wanting to be here. If fans are realistic not many of the squad want to be here and why would they with the way it has been run under Ashley.

    We’ve made some decent signings and no doubt the new lads joined because of the size of the club. Only a couple of teams in the world that players don’t want to leave to go somewhere bigger as their isn’t somewhere bigger to go to…..Barcelona, Real Madrid and possibly Bayern Munich. These are the elite clubs, every other clubs players want to take a challenge at that next step.

    We are like 99% of clubs in the world, a stepping stone. If you only want players that want to be here then the squad won’t come back up and if it does then it will yoyo between the prem and championship!!

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  • expatmag

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    JIB

    Who is Skippy?

    So….you reckon that a new goalkeeper signing from the Belgian league who has captained the mighty Ghent qualifies to captain Newcastle United in his first season at the club?

    Hmmmmm…….I bet you anything you like RIGHT NOW that he is not even considered by Rafa.

    In fact, I bet Rafa would prefer Elliott as captain when fit before him if he were to choose a keeper as captain.

    You really need to get a grip, sunshine

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  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    This just highlights Rafa’s problems this window.

    Burnley who are now in the PL – fancy Tom Lees – Sheffield think he may go – so turn their focus to Grant Hanley who has just had his price cranked up to £8 million.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Jazzy

    I know a couple of forest fans and they seem to think both Lascelles and Darlow are canny pap, both have potential but not anywhere near the standard they should have reached. Doing a jib I found some of these on Google when I remembered the players being blasted and fans asking for them to be dropped

    http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2015/02/15/nottingham-forest-fans-poke-fun-at-newcastle-on-twitter-after-la/

    There’s plenty of more that can be found. I hope Lascelles proves them wrong but Darlow I have very little hope for

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    On captain, I’d pick Gamez based on his affect of the Athleti side both on and off the field and his character on and off the pitch. Plus his experience is an added bonus

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon

    Gamez would be a good choice, but does he speak enough English to communicate?

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  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    When Expat was over in the UK last season he went to a game at SJP with Jail for Ashley and Mr Tuff.
    I caught up with them at Nine Bar

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  • martoon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    WWSBRD @8 – I wasn’t talking about Gini but I would argue he played well in more than 3-4 games, not enough mind you but more than 3-4.
    You said about Sissoko “Lads played LB for us last season and Rafa made him captain…seems he disagrees with u mate”. The answer to your “so?” is I’m saying he only played well for the last few game – and that may have well been for personal reasons i.e. to get in the French squad.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    JIB

    I wont even give you the pleasure of opening that nonsense.

    As you have now reduced yourself to insulting behaviour once again, which I am sure will not have gone unnoticed by Ed, it just goes to show your inability to support any footballing claims you have on here as the fount of all knowledge.

    You are a particularly boring individual who is probably very lonely too…….No wonder with an attitude like yours.

    You have my sympathys

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    jib
    You’re better off leaving it mate. He really is a dull boring type who’s trying to grap attention and give the appearance of being remotely interesting by mentioning your name. He knows nowt!
    Can you imagine a compilation of his best posts.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron

    Football is a universal game and won’t take long for him to pick the language up as it’s not complicated. He’s got basic English but more importantly we have players in the squad that speak many languages. Don’t think his English is any worse than colo or sissoko’s.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Both Gini and Sissoko may want to be elsewhere but that doesn’t mean that we should sell them due to fear of creating a bad atmosphere as more times than not when players are forced to stay they actually just knuckle down and become better players, we saw that with Cabaye when we refused to allow him to go to Arsenal and what followed was probably the best we saw from Cabaye, this also happened with Bale at Spurs and both Ronaldo and De Gea at Manure, so with that in mind why not keep both Sissoko and Wijnaldum as it may well happen with them as well, and if we do go straight back up the chances are both of them may be happy to stay put, certainly I would imagine that Wijnaldum would be happy to stay, not sure about Sissoko mind as I get the impression that PL football alone would not be enough for his ego, but personally I hope that Rafa digs his heels in and keeps the pair of them.

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    52carl // Jul 18, 2016 at 7:22 AM
    This has gone viral in Melbourne:

    Yer Right Buster!
    If you just happened to say I will not take criticism from expatmag because he’s a halfwit who wouldn’t recognise an incisive point if it stabbed him between the eyes, I’d be inclined to agree with you.

    But as you haven’t !!

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  • Veltmann

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    Ha ha, Jib- that post quiet made me chuckle. .
    Sorry couldn’t resist 😀

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Sels was exceptional in the champions league last year, on the cusp of the Belgian squad. The fact that he’s joined a championship club for me suggests he’ll be number 1.
    Darlow is a solid back up keeper, not quite #1 level.
    Elliot , is one I don’t understand the clamour for. Yes he is very brave, and he has decent close range reactions. This has led to him having performances where he looked world class but if you look at it from a goalkeeping level the guy really isn’t great.His decision making is poor,his positioning isn’t amazing and his rushing is laboured. his taking of crosses is average. His long range shot stopping is poor (stoke away last year for example) And he gets beaten far too often with shots that are too central. Add that to the fact that his physique shows that he either doesn’t train, or doesn’t diet professionally and this has led him to be susceptible to injury. Even when he’s playing he always has a strain or niggle. How can he be number 1 when he can’t stay fit for more than half a season?
    I think Krul is off… pretty sure hes got 1 year left on his contract? Hes gone stagnate for me at Newcastle. Seen people say Rafa might get him back to his best, but i’m pretty sure Rafa kept on the same goalkeeping coaching as McClaren? Sometimes a complete change of scenery is needed

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Have any of you saddos bickering ceased at all in the 6 weeks I’ve been absent, or are you so invested in your blog persona you can’t let up for a few weeks? Still rehashing arguments most have long forgotten the origin of.

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  • Veltmann

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Without doubt the likely departure of Wijnaldum will weaken the team as well as the bid to get promote straight away.Losing another key player is unthinkable unless Benitez somehow brought in like for like replacement.Which is difficult to attract one in this division.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #29

    There are a lot of people on this site who need to grow up and show a bit of respect to one another and particularly to those of us who just want to chat about football, show some consideration or the site could well close down as many have already left due to the childish behavior of a few and others will soon follow and what will be left will be a non football related cat fight which could be enough for Ed to say sod it, I’ve had enough, so do yourselves and all of us a favour, either stop posting or continue but in a respective manner.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    carl (the little “c”) – stop your mischief and goading. You were trying it yesterday as well but I note you were chased off by a couple of posters who do not usually get involved in the rucks.
    Give it a rest man.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Moussa has to go now for himself! His stock in world football will never be higher than it is right now after those euros. I think we’ve all seen enough of him to know his inconsistencies and pros and cons. Hes a player that relies on athleticism and power and players like that seem to decline after 28-30 in most cases. Not sure he reads the game well enough or has the technical ability to be a top player without the pace and power. His chance at an elite level club is now or never potentially as a storming season in the championship won’t be noticed by the likes of juventus and he’ll be a year older. He doesn’t want to stay. Anything over 24m for him is great business. He was being valued at 12m last season if I remember rightly.

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    tuff
    You still are being moderated remember.

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    I don’t have a problem with a young Lascelles becoming captain. It’s down to character. If he thinks the way Rafa wants, and he has the cojones then fine. I can’t think of a better man than Rafa to develop players – WTF were we thinking about with Tufty ?

    As for the 2 wantaways – I’l bet Rafa with his meticulous preparation, has a file with at least 3 replacements for each, maybe not the finished article, but enough commitment for us not to miss them – as that is what they are both missing – commitment. Worth a few bob that..

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #34

    carl

    You are being just as snide as the guys who you feel are attacking you

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #35

    Under Self regulation, it is a risky practice to attempt to protect your miscreant boys. This could well be at a cost to yourself. Stop and think because someone less generous than me would draw this to Ed’s attention. Think on it.

    No need to reply to this warning.

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Yo-yo
    Just out of interest who are the people who I think are attacking me ? !

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  • Spoof

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    carl

    give it rest mate, your boring and spoiling the forum for others, why not ignore and only respond to those who you can get on with.

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  • G

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #38

    See, this bickering is why a lot of old regulars such as myself find other things to do other than join in the blog these days. Do us all a favour, and give it a rest.

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Spoof
    I have to go but thanks for your continued support. It’s just a few who ruin the blog for the rest of us. Still I understand Ed has the issue under control with the latest moderation.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    On those two Forest players, I recall their fans saying we got two very good players and we should be playing them.

    Krul must be gone as he’s clearly number two now.

    It may be that we’ll lose both Gini and Sissoko. We need at least one replacement in their class, a 20+ mil player.

    No idea about this Blackburn guy, he must be good if we insist so much.

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